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Take the Family to Provence
It’s hard to please everyone on a family break particularly if holidaying with a wide variety of age groups. From the fragrant lavender fields and rolling green hills to rock climbing and festivals, Provence is perfectly placed to deliver a family holiday that everyone will remember for years to come. Here are our top tops on things to do to keep everyone entertained…
Boules is a time honoured tradition in France and a sport which is accessible for the whole family. There are many places in Provence that provide dirt, gravel or hard-packed sand squares as playing surfaces for boules where you can learn the game and lose many an hour competing for the coveted prize of family champion!
Learn to cook
Make a day of it and head to the market to source fresh, local ingredients before retreating to your villa to whip up a feast. Hiring a local check to provide a private cookery lesson will ensure you all learn new skills including everything from fine French cuisine for the adults to pizza making for the kids.
Enjoy the great outdoors
If your kids are budding jockeys then it might be a good idea to the opportunity to learn horse-riding, and what better way than in the Provençale countryside? If you prefer your transport a little more manageable then opt to rent bicycles for the day and explore the region, even following in the tracks of the famous Tour de France route. Those with a head for heights can try their hand at rock climbing – a perfect adventure sport for teenagers and young adults. With over 50 crags to choose from in the Loire Valley there are climbs for all abilities and those making it to the top will be rewarded with stunning views. If you haven’t got the head for heights then take to the water to enjoy canoeing and kayaking which is readily available in Provence.
Head to a family festival
For three weeks in July Avignon becomes the largest stage for performing arts in Europe. Whether you’ve thespians in the family or simply want to enjoy something different, the Avignon Festival certainly delivers. Venues vary from the great outdoors to chapels and traditional theatres with the performances offering just as much variety. It is one of the oldest theatre festivals in the world, having been around since 1947, so organisers are well versed in delivering content for the whole family.
Where to stay
Liz Hobley, Travel Consultant, A&K Villas recommends her favourite villas:
“Having two children myself I know how important the family holiday is and how hard it is to please everyone. We’ve found holidaying in this region so rewarding, not only did we get to see the boys having so much win, we had fun with them too – something which is often hard to do with teenagers! One of my favourite villas to visit with the family is Le Castellet. After enjoying a few hours by the pool make the most of the outdoors with the great barbecue area and summer kitchen and watch the sun set with a lovely glass of local wine. Le Mas de Gordes is also great, particularly for teenagers as it has a self-contained lower level, with games room including a pool table, table football and a flat screen TV. It is set above the village of Gordes and is a short 15 minute walk into the centre so is easily accessible for local shops and restaurants – what better idea than to send the boys out to collect the morning baguette and practise their French!"
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